Dr McCall-Smith presents draft bill for UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to Scottish parliamentary and youth groups
Thu 5 September 2019
Since last autumn, Dr Kasey McCall-Smith has served as member of an expert advisory group on incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The group, convened by the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland and the Scottish Children's Alliance (Together), is composed of international law and children's rights experts from across Scotland, the UK and further afield. The group discussed and devised a draft bill for the incorporation of UNCRC into Scots law. The draft bill was presented to the Scottish Government on 20 November 2018 and was one of the options in the Government's UNCRC incorporation consultation.
Dr McCall-Smith presented an overview of the draft bill to the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People on 12 June. On 28 August, she spoke to a wide range of policy makers and civil society groups about the value of direct incorporation of the UNCRC at a policy seminar organised by YouthLink Scotland in Glasgow. The ongoing consideration of implementation of the UNCRC and how to support incorporation of other human rights treaties will be a theme of the spring 2020 Human Rights Clinic.
The project also serves as a first step on Dr McCall-Smith's new project 'Incorporating Human Rights In Scotland', which is funded by an ESRC/CAHSS Impact Acceleration Fund grant. The project runs from September 2019 to March 2020.
You can read a short blog on the Scottish Government's UNCRC incorporation consultation here and a longer blog on incorporation and the draft bill here. For more on the Incorporating Human Rights in Scotland project, see here.